1999 Saturn SW Reviews

1999 Saturn SW from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carMercury Topaz

Summary:

All in all, I love this car, it's the best I have ever owned!

Faults:

Window regulator had to be replaced.

Also, a crankshaft sensor and the O2 sensor.

During regular maintenance I have replaced the tires once, and also one brake job.

General Comments:

I have owned it 11 years now, and the cost of repairs has been so minimal.

The engine isn't peppy, but it gets the job done.

The car ride is quiet and comfortable.

The condition of the interior and exterior is as good today as it was 11 yrs ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2009

1999 Saturn SW SW1 1.9L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Reliable and good cargo capacity

Faults:

Crank position sensor at 90K miles.

Service Engine Soon light gives false warning after it rains, goes out the same day. This light is about the emissions system, not the engine.

Burns oil -- 2 quarts between 3K mile changes.

Fuel injectors are easily clogged/fouled.

General Comments:

We moved 15 times in 9 years. The Saturn hauled our stuff and got us there with no problem. It still looks like a new car. It is on the original brakes and clutch. It gets 40 mpg on interstates.

Every Saturn dealer service department I visited, 5-7 all over the US, has been outstanding.

I bought a Saturn because it was the only inexpensive brand offering traction control. I had it custom built with only traction and cruise control. No air, no automatic, free radio, stock interior, $12K list price. As it turned out, I got the right car for the wrong reason. I haven't needed traction control or ABS braking much. The car has been a champ for reliability, cargo and good driving experience. It can chirp the tires when starting and cruise at 85+. Handling on mountain roads is better than most non-sports cars.

I checked Would Not Buy because Saturn no longer makes the S series. The cars they sell now cost almost twice as much. I refuse to pay $8K more for an Ion wagon with 5 cubic feet more space. The Chevy HHR is closer to the SW in spirit and price.

My only complaints, not serious ones, are about cheap seats and oil consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th November, 2007

4th Nov 2007, 20:24

Oh please, Don't BUY AN HHR, simply put, they're crap all around, believe me, I had one for all of 1000 miles and HATED it, its awkward, blind spot plagued and looks as qwerky as it is! I miss my old saturn SL1 sedan! looking for a new saturn instead!

1999 Saturn SW SW2 1.9 SOHC from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance127600 miles
Previous carDodge Grand Caravan

Summary:

I think that this would make a fine short-distance commuter

Faults:

It hadn't had a lot of care, so there was a lot of smaller problems: rear window wiper, left rear window, radiator fan, check engine and service engine lights...

General Comments:

As I said, the car did what I bought it for - delivered good gas mileage. I am a traveling musician. My gas mileage has ranged from 32 mpg to 41 mpg. Averaged about 35 mpg so far. It isn't very comfortable, is loud, and not very peppy. I think that if this car had had regular care, it would have been fine. I overhauled the engine at 120,000 and that cured the oil consumption problem, which got pretty bad (1qt/700 miles). Changing the O2 sensors has helped too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th September, 2007

1999 Saturn SW SW2 1.9L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

A definite wolf in sheep's clothing, a true sleeper

Faults:

The rear windshield wiper acts funny, I have to jiggle the stalk to get it to wipe or squirt.

My exhaust rotted away and I had to put on new exhaust from cat back. Apparently this wasn't the first time this has happened on this car. The dealer service history has shown that it was replaced under factory warranty prior to my owning it.

I did experience some oil consumption when I first got it and have since switched to conventional oil. Oil consumption has since stopped.

My right rear door panel has managed to start vibrating. The mounting tape has split and is allowing the door skin to move.

General Comments:

The traction control has worked wonderfully. I have never felt more secure driving in inclement weather.

The seats aren't the most comfortable, but tolerable.

I have replaced the tires that came on it with some good performance ones, it has transformed my wagon into a handling machine. I am thoroughly impressed with the capabilities of a station wagon with factory suspension.

The fit and finish are still top notch, even after 60,000 + miles, not a rattle anywhere.

Even after a few performance upgrades, my gas mileage has remained a constant 30+ per gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2003

1st Oct 2004, 13:58

Exactly what tires did you put on that improved the handling so much?

1999 Saturn SW SW2 1.9i 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9i 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance18111 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Not a good buy

Faults:

Alternator replaced.

Wheel alignment.

Doors sticking.

Trunk lid closes badly and squeaks.

General Comments:

For a new car, my wife and I have been very disappointed in this. The quality of build is just disappointing compared to our old Honda.

The car lacks power - the cruise control has a habit of over revving when you go up even the smallest hill with it.

The car has only broken down on us once. At the most inconvienient time of course.

We paid 18k for this car including all power, CD player, cruise control, alloys etc.

Basically we are just a little disappointed with the build quality.

That said, Saturn's service was very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2000

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews